Lancaster triathlon juniors start season in style

Nine-year-old City of Lancaster Triathlon athlete Olivia Goddard starting the run phase at the Wirral Aquathlon.
Nine-year-old City of Lancaster Triathlon athlete Olivia Goddard starting the run phase at the Wirral Aquathlon.

City of Lancaster Triathlon’s juniors have started the new season in style.

Nine-year-old Olivia Goddard put in a superb performance to win the novice race at the Wirral Junior Aquathlon in a time of 5:30, swimming 50 metres and running 500m.

In the Tristar 1 category, Anan Tiger Clarke, eight, and George Wilby, nine, swam 150m and ran 1,500m.

They were neck to neck in the pool but George just got the edge on the run finishing in a time of 11:45.

Kirsty Maher, nine, also had a superb start to the season with a solid swim and run, also in Tristar 1, finishing in a time of 11:31.

In Tristar 2, a 250m swim and 2km run, Rhys Ashton, 10, took fourth place in 12:55, Sasha Oldham, 11, took ninth in 15:07, Amelie Earnshaw, 10, 19th in 16:56 and Madison Craven, 11, 23rd in 18:52.

Thomas Dowthwaite, 10, also had a super race but due to a marshal request that was in error, missed two lengths of the swim.

Finally in Tristar 3, a 400m swim and 3k run, Lydia Louise Shenton, 13, was superb in her first race at this distance finishing seventh with a time of 20:55.

The next event will be on Sunday, March 15, at Salt Ayre Sports Centre.

Last weekend saw four members of Lancaster City Tri Team travel to Clitheroe for the North West Triathlon Championships and open Biathlon.

Larissa Hannam, 11, competed in the U13 age group which was a 50 metre swim, a 10-shot static shoot and a combined event, taking second place overall.

Shea Hannam, 14, swam 100m, followed by a 10-shot static shoot and a combined event in the under 15 boys and like his sister, finished second.

The final of the Hannam trio, 16-year-old Georgia Hannam, was first in the under 19 event. All three qualify for the National Triathlon in April.

In the open Biathlon 12-year-old Holly Satterly was fourth in the under 15 race.